March 18, 2019

Hamas Cracks Down on Gaza Protesters

Photo from Wikimedia Commons.

Members of the Hamas terror group can be seen engaging in violent actions against Gazans protesting against Hamas’ rule.

Ofir Gendelman, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Arab media spokesperson, tweeted out a video of Hamas opening fire against Gaza protesters:

Another video, quote-tweeted by retired Israel Defense Forces Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, shows Hamas members assaulting protesters in an alley:

According to the Times of Israel, the protests took place in northern and central Gaza and were protesting Hamas for impoverishing the Gaza Strip. Ayman al-Batniji, a spokesperson for Hamas police, said in a statement that the protesters “closed roads and ignited fires” and that “the police have restored calm and order, and a number of violators were arrested.”

Journalists were not allowed to take videos or photographs of the protests.

Hamas cracking down on these protesters comes amidst two rockets being fired from Gaza toward Tel Aviv. Both Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad have denied responsibility.

Jason Greenblatt, the U.S. Middle East Envoy, tweeted, “Hamas violently suppresses its own people demonstrating against Hamas’ rule & failures today and NOW fires rockets at cities in Israel. OUTRAGEOUS! This is what prevents the world from helping the people of Gaza! We strongly support Israel in defense of its citizens.”